OK, I am a techy and here goes..........
I have three HR20-700s in my home theater room "rack" in basement and they...along with a BR player and DVD carousel player go thru a component video switch. This switch has 6 inputs (5 used per above) and 4 outputs.
The outputs are Projector (PJ) local to that room, plus three different TVs located 150ft+ in the house.
Each of the remote TVs has a IR pickup in the room which funnels back down to a collector block then repeaters on front of each piece of equipment. The three HR200s use different IR code setups so no conflict, and I have universal IR remotes that I have "learned" both the DirecTV IR remote key codes as well as the TV codes (On/Off/Volume/Mute).
Hold on......one more level of complexity.
I the three kid's bedroom's upstairs 26" LCD TVs that are tapped into three out the 4 outputs of the switch.
The way I do this is a put three 1:2 splitters from those three outputs.
This has built in limit that the "pairing" of those "TVs" means they see the same thing.
I have each of the outputs default to a different HR20.
I have a SWM dish and Whole Home.
I have this connected to my home network/router.
Remember, I have basement that Sat coax comes into rack then two stories above with TVs.
So, why this post ?...........one of my HR20-700s just died.....totally dead.
I do have the maintenance plan and I'm out of my 24 month commit.....so I'm also eligible for hardware upgrade....not 100% sure what that means ?
So, I'm thinking a Genie HR44 with some Genie minis ?....get rid if the video switch and splitters.
I want PiP on the "main" TV upstairs in Den, not PJ near rack.
Everything is Component Video run (long cables) to the TVs since HDMI has limit.
I could pull all the Component Video cables and pull a Coax.....is this how the Genie Minis work/connect ?
Also, tell me about these RF remotes (RC71 ?).....can they "learn" IR codes for the remote TVs they are at and still be RF to the Genie ?
What about the wireless Genie ?......how much of limitation is there on it for some of the above ?